Week eight: Clucky

"CLUCK!" Up to this point, the girls have made a variety of noises that range from their infant "peeps" to sing-songy trills. But this time it was undeniable. Loretta goes down as the first chick to cluck. It was throaty, and confident. Just as I would expect from her. Hours later there's a dust-up in …

A big, big world

Normally when I go out at dusk, the girls already are tucked away in the hen house. But last night, they busily munched away on a large piece of watermelon. We had a rare 86-degree May day, and the girls were riled up. I opened the coop door and told them it was time for …

Week seven: Pecking order

Just seven short weeks ago, I was teaching three little chicks how to drink ... and marveling at their fuzzball antics. Today, they are miniature chickens, testing their wings and chasing worms. My, how time flies. Loretta, Nellie and Gigi just finished their first full week in the chicken coop. The first night was cold …

Loose ends

With the weather finally warming, and the birds growing super fast, our minds went to finishing some of the loose ends so we can move them to the coop. On the list: build roosting bars for inside the hen house and install brackets for the feeder and waterer. Roosting bars Since the highest roosting bar …

Slideshow: The chicken coop build

It took us almost four months — through snow, rain and sub-freezing temperatures — to complete building the chicken coop. But you can watch the whole process here in just a few minutes!